One of the most common questions I get asked is “What is your ab workout routine?” The answer… I don’t have one. I know it may sound crazy, but I don’t follow any one routine to try and improve my stomach. I have found that if I stick to just one routine, my body may be sore the first few times I do the routine, but then it almost becomes immune to what I am doing and I no longer get sore, tired, and I don’t see continued results.
I have discovered that learning many different core workouts and frequently changing which ones I include in my ‘routine’ confuses my body and lets me see faster and better results (aka: muscle confusion). I have also learned that your core (abs, obliques, lower back) is a large grouping of muscles that should be treated like any other muscle your work out. When building muscle, it is suggested to focus on a muscle group intensely, and then giving that muscle group a few days to relax and recover. With this said, I only do core workouts about 2-3 times a week. I work very hard doing many different ab and core workouts, basically exhausting the muscles and then give them a few days to really recover so I can hit the workouts hard again when they are ready.
How long do I work my core?
I treat my core like any other muscle; therefore I dedicate a full day to just working on my core. A normal day would include about 30 minutes of cardio, followed by about 45 minutes to an hour of of core exercises. I know many people who do core exercises every day for about 10 minutes after their workouts, but at least in my case, I have found that truly focusing hard on my abs, obliques, and lower back and exhausting them only 2-3 days a week gives me the results I would like to see.
I know you’re just starting so no rush. But can you catalog those different exercises you do? You’re an inspiration. 🙂 I’m gonna print out the picture and use it as my gymspiration everyday.
Thank you! I am planning on posting different exercises multiple times a week. I just posted one of my favorite core workouts today. I am always glad to help! Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Keep up the good work!
Thanks for your honest and straightforward post! Just curious, do you only train one muscle group per workout session?
I usually do about 2 muscle groups and superset the exercises. For example I may do Chest and Triceps one day. So an example of one workout would be an incline press for my chest, and then right after that I go straight into a tricep pulldown… Then I would take about a minute or two break and repeat that workout about 2-3 more times. Then I would try to find another chest workout to superset with a different tricep workout. I usually only do one muscle group on a day if I REALLY want to exhaust that muscle group for some reason or if I did a lot of cardio in the day and don’t want to exhaust myself by doing an hour of cardio and too much weightlifting in one day.
awww i apperciate your work, and telling us about your exp…..
looking forward for it 🙂